East Gloucestershire (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Gloucestershire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Gloucestershire
Number of members Two
Created from Gloucestershire

East Gloucestershire, formally the Eastern division of Gloucestershire and often referred to as Gloucestershire Eastern, was a parliamentary constituency in Gloucestershire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) using the bloc vote system.

The constituency was created when the Great Reform Act split Gloucestershire into eastern and western divisions, with effect from the 1832 general election.

Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, East Gloucestershire was abolished from the 1885 election, when the former eastern and western divisions were replaced by five new single-seat county constituencies: Cirencester, Forest of Dean, Stroud, Tewkesbury, and Thornbury.


The Hundreds of Crowthorne and Minety, Brightwell's Barrow, Bradley, Rapsgate, Bisley, Longtree, Whitstone, Kiftsgate, Westminster, Deerhurst, Slaughter, Cheltenham, Cleeve, Tibaldston, Tewkesbury, and Dudstone and King's Barton, and also the City and County of Gloucester and the Borough of Cirencester.

The constituency was the eastern division of the historic county of Gloucestershire, in South West England.

The place of election was at Gloucester. This was where the hustings were situated and electors voted by spoken declaration in public, before the secret ballot was introduced in 1872.

The qualification to vote in county elections, in the period when this constituency operated, was to be a 40 shilling freeholder.

The parliamentary borough constituencies of Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud, and Tewkesbury were all located in East Gloucestershire. Qualified freeholders from those boroughs could vote in the county division. Bristol was a "county of itself", so its freeholders qualified to vote in the borough, not in any county division.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832, 21 December Sir Berkeley Guise, Bt [1] Whig Hon. Henry Reynolds-Moreton Whig
1834, 7 August Sir Christopher William Codrington [2] Tory
1835, 10 January Conservative Hon. Augustus Moreton Whig
1841, 5 July Hon. Francis Charteris Conservative
1847, 27 February The Marquess of Worcester [3] Conservative
1854, 9 January Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt [4] Conservative
1854, 19 December Robert Stayner Holford [5] Conservative
1864, 12 July Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt Conservative
1872, 11 March John Reginald Yorke Conservative
1885 constituency abolished
  1. ^ Died 23 July 1834.
  2. ^ Died 24 June 1864.
  3. ^ Succeeded as the 8th Duke of Beaufort, 17 November 1853.
  4. ^ Died 29 November 1854.
  5. ^ Vacated seat 1872.

Election results[edit]

Elections off the 1830s[edit]

General Election 21 December 1832: East Gloucestershire (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Sir Berkeley Guise 3,311 N/A
Whig Henry Reynolds-Moreton 3,184 N/A
Tory Christopher William Codrington 2,672 N/A
Turnout 9,167 (5,753 voted) N/A
Registered electors 6,437
  • Death of Guise, on 23 July 1834
By-Election 7 August 1834: East Gloucestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Christopher William Codrington 2,779 N/A
Whig C.H.T. Leigh 2,709 N/A
Turnout 5,488 N/A
Majority 70 N/A
Tory gain from Whig Swing N/A
Registered electors 6,569

Election of 10 January 1835

Election of 5 July 1841[edit]

Election of 27 February 1847[edit]

Election of 1852[edit]

By-election of 9 January 1854[edit]

By-election of 19 December 1854[edit]

Election of 1857[edit]

Election of 1859[edit]

By-election of 12 July 1864[edit]

Election of 1865[edit]

By-election of 11 March 1872[edit]

Election of 1874[edit]

Election of 1880[edit]